Indoor Soccer

Truitt (my 10 year old) is playing on an indoor soccer team this winter.  Truitt’s soccer coach gathered a group of kids from his school and signed them up for a recreational league.  Well, they didn’t end up having enough kids for the league so Truitt’s team is playing against the Select teams.  Oh my, it’s tough to watch.  They are playing against kids who are seasoned little soccer players.  They traditionally play 6 on 6, but St. Vincent was getting so crushed that by the end of the game it was 11 on 6 and we never scored a goal.  However, the boys kept giving it their all.  There is something to be said for toughing it out.  My hope is that they will see the pay-off during the Spring outdoor soccer season.

TIP:  Photographing any indoor sport is really tough.  The flourescent lights never quite cut it.  If you have a DSLR I recommend increasing your ISO as high as you can (shot this at ISO 1000) and opening your aperature as wide as you can.  I’ll have to double check my settings, but I’m pretty sure this was shot at 1.4.  You want the shutter speed to be over 60 for sure- even then you may get some motion blur.  I actually like the blur- especially with sports photos.  It gives the feeling of action.  You’ll notice that their feet and hands are blurred, but I managed to keep True’s face in focus (of course there is always a touch of luck involved).

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January 27, 2011 - 12:10 pm

Laura Speelman - Truitt looks to be trying very hard. We are pround of you!

January 27, 2011 - 10:46 pm

Jani - It is neat you caught him so determined that when you clicked the picture he happened to have his tongue out, what a fun moment to be able to look back on to show how he put his heart and soul into the moment. As always, it is awesome to see what you will post.

January 27, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Alice P - No kidding, photographing indoor sports is tough. My kids play basketball right now. A friend suggested I use my 50 mm 1.8. I decided to turn up the ISO on my rebel and shoot using the Tv mode. The pics are coming out ok. A little blurry, but still ok. It’s hard to stay still to take a picture and cheer for the my kids at the same time. I even used this same thought process to take pics at my daughter’s roller skating party recently. As long as I was in the right place with the light, the pics came out neat. I even got cool pictures during the glow skate. Thanks for tip!

January 28, 2011 - 11:07 am

Melissa - Alice- The 50mm would be great for indoor sports. Try shooting on AV mode, set your aperature @ 1.8 and put your ISO as high as you can. You should also try panning at your daughters basketball games. That’s when you move the camera with the action. The bg will be blurred, but the subject stays in focus. It takes some practice, but it is really cool when it works. I bet the rollerskating shots were very cool! I love experimenting in situations like that. It’s so much fun!

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